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Difference Between Silicone and Saline Implants

Breast ImplantsSilicone and saline breast implants are two of the most common types of breast implants used in cosmetic breast augmentation surgery. Here are some differences between the two types of implants:

  1. Filling Material: Silicone implants are filled with a cohesive silicone gel, while
    saline implants are filled with sterile saltwater solution.
  2. Look and Feel: Many people believe that silicone implants feel more natural and
    resemble the texture of natural breast tissue, while saline implants can
    sometimes feel more like a water balloon. This is because silicone gel is more
    cohesive and can hold its shape better than saline.
  3. Rupture Detection: When a saline implant ruptures, the saline solution leaks out
    and is absorbed by the body, causing the implant to visibly deflate. This can
    make it easier to detect a rupture and seek treatment. However, when a silicone
    implant ruptures, the gel may leak out slowly and silently, making it more difficult
    to detect without imaging tests like an MRI.
  4. Incision Size: Saline implants can be filled after they are inserted into the body,
    so the incision required for insertion can be smaller than for silicone implants,
    which are pre-filled.
  5. Cost: Silicone implants are typically more expensive than saline implants.

Ultimately, the choice between silicone and saline implants will depend on a patient’s
individual goals, preferences, and anatomy, as well as the recommendations of their
plastic surgeon. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of both types of
implants with a qualified healthcare professional before making a decision.